Biden doesn’t say taxpayers must pay immigrant health care

Biden doesn’t say taxpayers must pay immigrant health care

The claim: Biden says U.S. taxpayers have an ‘obligation’ to pay for health care for millions of undocumented immigrants

A June 21 post on Facebook claims that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden says American taxpayers are obligated to pay for health care for an estimated 12 million immigrants in the U.S. illegally.

The issue heated up as the presidential campaigns went into full gear in 2019. And Biden has laid out his position in interviews, forums and position papers.

The claim on Facebook, which was shared more than 65,000 times, stems from a TV clip carried by Blaze TV in which Biden responds to a reporter’s question on May 9, 2019:

Reporter: “Do you think undocumented immigrants who were in this country and are law abiding should be entitled to federal benefits for Medicare, Medicaid, for example.”

Biden: “I think that anyone who is in a situation where they are in need of health care regardless of whether they are documented or undocumented, we have an obligation to see to that they’re cared for.”